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Monday, April 12, 2010

Volunteerism is Alive and Well in America


Parade Magazine recently highlighted what America cares about. This included an article, "Compassion Counts More Than Ever", authored by Michael Berland. A recent poll by Parade found that despite tough economic times, the United States is experiencing an increase of compassion, especially in the arena of people helping each other.

There is a volunteer boom! A new Parade poll affirms this. Ninety-four percent of poll respondents (94%) were nearly unanimous in the belief that it is "important to be personally involved in supporting a cause we believe in" in our communities. Most of the poll respondents are motivated toward public service by simple altruism. Sixty percent (60%) want to help other people with "many people moved to act on behalf of their own communities."

Berland states, " 'Public Service' has become more than a phrase or a school graduation requirement, it's now a way of life for Americans of all ages." The unemployed are volunteering to stay connected to their communities and "part of what is driving the overall increase is the growing understanding that service is an essential tool to achieve community and national goals" says Patrick Covington, CEO of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

The National Nursing Network Organization and supporters of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 know that nurses and other health professionals do volunteer often. Nurses, the largest sector of the healthcare workforce, see the public across the age spectrum and often have repeated contact with the same individuals. And because they are so highly trusted, nurses are a great resource to introduce, emphasize, and reinforce prevention programs, and provide strong messages for better health behaviors.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, April 12, 2010  

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